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get the best seats. thank you for being with us. we toss it to greta van susteran. we will see you monday night. greta: tonight, did you hear what governor palin did? she just shoved herself into the middle of a hot issue. what now? well, you'll find out but first, factor this. governor palin going one on one with bill o'reilly. >> barack obama a socialist? >> it scares me the road he has us on. not seeming to understand what it is that built up america's economic system. the free enterprise principles, the shrinkage of government, not the expansion, to allow the private sector to grow and to thrive. and to do what it does best. and our families, to keep more of what they earn so they can reinvest and prioritize instead of government doing it for them. which is a step toward socialism. so some of the steps we're
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taking economically right now, scare the heck out of me. bill: do you think he's smart? >> i think he's very smart. boeup -- bill: on sneft do you think -- honest? do you think he's honest? >> he has told us some things in the campaign. he has told us some things early on in his presidency that have not come to fruition. he was all about positive change. and i and i think a lot of americans are believing that the change that he's ushering in isn't necessarily positive. bill: a lot of people are very nervous about him now. he's not having a good time in the white house now. you pointed out his lack of experience. you don't have that much experience. you walked away from the governorship after what, two years, 2 1/2 years? >> going into my lame duck session, my fourth legislative session deciding i wasn't going to run again and not wanting to put alaskans through lame duck session. bill: was it fair to criticize
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obama's lack of experience when somebody could make the same criticism about you on the national stage? >> if you're talking about executive experience, i would put my experience up against his any day of the week. i've been elected to local office since 1992. and was a city manager, strong mayor form of government, was a chief executive of the state, was an oil and gas regulator. there was some good experience there that could have been put to use in a vice-presidential ticket. we have to remember, too, that i wasn't running for president. bill: but that's the key question. because john mccain is up there in years. you had to be qualified to take that office over. >> right. but i'm saying i was running for vice president, just like joe biden running for vice president. i never once heard you or anybody else question joe biden and his experience. bill: he's got a lot of experience. let me be very bold and fresh. do you believe that you are smart enough and incisive enough, intellectual enough, to handle the most powerful job in the world?
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>> i believe that i am. because i have common sense and i have -- i believe the values that are reflective of so many other american values. and i believe that what americans are seeking is not the elitism, the kind of spineless -- a spinelessness that perhaps is made up for that with some kind of elite ivy league education and a fat resume that's based on anything but hard work and private sector, free enterprise principles. americans are -- could be seeking something like that in positive change in their leadership. i'm not saying that has to be me. greta: governor palin is striking again with her favorite weapon. facebook. but the issue that has many in our country burning mad tonight, the new medical guidelines advising young women to skip pap smears until they get older. and to cool it when it comes to breast self-examinations and
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mammograms. governor palin smells a rat and wonders if money has something to do with this new advice. she posted on facebook "there are many questions unanswered for me. but one which immediately comes to mind is whether costs have anything to do with these recommendations. the current health care debate elicits great concern because of its introduction of socialized medicine in america in the inevitable rationed care." we went to the office of congresswoman kathy mcmorris rogers. she went on the record about the new medical guidelines governor palin and much more. nice to see you. >> great to be with you. greta: happy to be in your office. we've taken it over a little bit. but we appreciate you sitting down with us. >> great to have you. greta: governor palin is striking out on facebook about this new -- this new statement that -- about when women need to be -- how often you need to get pap smears and at what age. your thoughts on this. >> oh, i think we were all shocked to have this government task force through social
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services come up with these new recommendations. after all of our years, all of our efforts on this war on breast cancer. and the education, the increased awareness that we've been working on, to inform women of the importance of an annual mammogram after they're 40 and the self-checks throughout their lives. and that early detection being key in having us as americans have a 98% survival rate in those first five years dealing with breast cancer. you can compare that to other countries and it's not as good. greta: that's the breast cancer. and one of the things that's been said is the radiation might not be good and of course there's been nothing but women -- a lot of women are very upset about this. but the pap smear one that came out, that's not radiation. that's a rather simple procedure. that's got a lot of women up in arms. >> i'm just -- i'm concerned that we have these government panels making recommendations that are going to actually impact someone's life.
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you know, our system, our health care system has been one that has focused on saving lives. and the recommendations that we've had for prevention have been focused on trying to save lives. rather than it being about just saving money. and it seems like these recommendations are more about just figuring out how they can save some money and it might mean costing some lives in an effort to save the money. greta: what do you make of doing it on facebook? governor palin from her position, she's of course not in office now. but using facebook as a mechanism? >> i think it's great. the new media, these new social networking tools are really changing the way that people get information, the way people communicate. i can tell you as house republicans, we've been using these tools more and more. because it means that we're not dependent upon the mainstream media. in order to get our message out to america. or to communicate our ideas and our solutions. so i think it's exciting to see how this is just changing --
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changing the way politicians interact with citizens, too. greta: what do you think about some of the comments about governor palin, certainly during the race, the fact that she's the mother of five children, even the mother of a special needs child which is near and dear to your own heart. was the media or has the media been fair to the governor? >> well, i reflect on when she was first announced for vice president as mccain's running mate. and i must admit as a republican congresswoman, i was so excited. i thought, wow. this is a governor of the state of alaska that is very popular. first woman governor of alaska. i had just finished being the co-chair of the women's caucus here in congress. and we -- the caucus had been celebrating the first woman speaker. nancy pelosi, hillary clinton was running for president and finally a republican woman comes on the scene. and i -- i was a little taken back, actually, with the reception that sarah palin got when she entered that national scene. and it has -- it hasn't changed.
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and i remember the first time i watched "meet the press" after she had been announced. and they were introducing her. but they did not say one thing positive. it was all of these questions about her qualifications and her experience and whether or not she was vetted. and it's just continued ever since that day. >> and of course the special needs. >> yes. oh, my. well, i also have a son with down's syndrome. and he is the joy of our lives. and i was just so excited to have someone that high-profile with a son, with special needs, someone who was committed to being an advocate for families all across this country. and she -- she spoke to my heart and i know that she spoke to millions of other people. and we were all excited to know that she was going to be an advocate for us. greta: how about the health care reform bill that looks like it's meandering through -- it's been through the house. the senate, what's your global thought about health care reform? >> we have a long way to go.
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it's -- greta: you better hurry up. you don't have much time. the senate is voting tomorrow. >> i think we have a long way to go. i don't necessarily think that the senate has the votes. there's a lot of pushback as americans learn really what this bill means. we were talking earlier about the mammograms and the pap smears and these new recommendations coming from the federal government task forces. and that's a preview possibly of how government-run health care may be implemented in america. these recommendations to me are what recommendations -- or what they follow in england and canada. and i'm not sure that's where -- that's what america really wants. by and large america likes their health care system. they don't -- they are concerned about the cost. the rising cost of health care. and there are steps we can take to address the cost drivers within the system, without having it be a government takeover. greta: it looks like we're getting a change.
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it looks like that's happening. >> well, we just want to make sure we do it right. and this bill that's currently being pushed through congress is not the right kind of health care reform for america. greta: up next, minutes ago, "on the record" spoke to governor palin at a book signing. she has a special message next. and we are following breaking news about president obama's form pator -- pastor reverend jeremiah wright. he is doing something that is making headlines. we are at the scene. and rush limbaugh, we have all heard rush say some explosive things. but he has never gone this far before. it is blistering. you're going to hear directly from rush himself coming up. ún
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greta: bill o'reilly's no spin zone interview with governor sarah palin. bill: one of the most amazing things is you wanted to get reverend wright up there and ram it down barack obama's throat. why? >> well, i believe that it's not negative campaigning or off base to call someone out on their associations. and reverend wright was a close associate of barack obama's for 20 years. bill: what's wrong with reverend wright? >> any reverend who would say good dam america, there's something wrong with america.
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greta: do you believe he is that radical? >> over 20 years of being in the pew of reverend wright's church, surely you would think there would have been something spewed from the pulpit that didn't quite sound right for america. over 20 years. maybe he just happened to miss those particular sermons. greta: you look a little skeptical. >> i don't know. but my point is in the campaign, i did. i wanted to talk about the associations and the past voting record, too. and the experience, the 150 days in the u.s. snats, -- in the u.s. senate, building experience, i wanted to talk about things like that. but we didn't and i think that there was some unfairness there again to the electorate. bill: but i'm sitting there and i'm going they told you not to bring up reverend wright. because mccain didn't want to do it. and you said to them, what? >> well, i said that i would want to talk about it. bill: but you didn't make it a crushing point. i think i would have -- i would
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have grabbed mccain's tie and pulled him over and said you got to do this. >> you know what? we did. and i'm going to give mccain some respect on this one, too. what i did in the rallies, and up in at the podium, i put it -- this empowerment in the hands of the voters, of the people who were there and were watching. and i said it's not off base to call a candidate out on their record and their associations. and it's not -- it's not negative campaigning. in other words, hey, you voters, do it. greta: "on the record," following governor palin on her book tour. minutes ago, producer kerry o'connor spoke to governor palin. the governor had a special message for us. in -- at "on the record." >> we're in cincinnati, ohio, governor sarah palin arrives to a much more intimate venue where only 1,000 tickets were available.
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governor, how's the tour going? >> it's going great. and can't wait it see greta in fort bragg. can't wait to get there. the tour is going wonderfully and overwhelming support and enthusiasm. >> how, one pirn -- one person, if you want to step in and just kind of change it for us. make it back to, you know, the people that we used to be where we were working for everything. and not looking for everything for free. >> she doesn't want to see the country pulled into socialism. and i think that's what's happening with obama. >> we have our license plate that we had switched on our cars. and instead of putting a bumper sticker on it we thought this would be a bigger conversation piece because it had the one nation under god. because ohio allows that. >> i'm back to the second american revolution to restore our god-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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>> keep the faith and the common sense conservatism. >> we're in columbus, ohio. so why are you here and why do you like -- >> i'm here to support sarah palin. i like her conservative views on a lot of things. >> we want less government and we want her to help us do that. >> i don't like the government controlling everything. and every movement i make. >> she's strong. she is a very strong woman. and she's not afraid to say what she means and what she feels. >> she relates to the common person. she speaks plain english. people can understand her. and you fool like she's telling the truth. -- you feel like she's telling the truth. greta: a very special programming note. as you just heard, we are hitting the road again. and meeting up with governor palin. she goes on the record on monday night. do not miss it. governor palin, 10:00 p.m.
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eastern, monday night right here on the record. and up next, he's back. breaking news about the reverend jeremiah wright. the president's former pastor is doing something tonight that's making news. what's the deal? griff jenkins is there on the scene with a report. but up next, a new low, did senator harry reid dangle $100 million over senator mary landrieu's head to buy her vote on health care? and did she just grab the deal and sell her vote to senator reid? by the way, that $100 million senator reid is using to buy that vote? it's your money. not his. we report, you decide.
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greta: we are just hours away. tomorrow night, the senate will vote on whether senator reid's health care bill goes to the floor. minority whip john kyl went on the record. senator, nice no see you, sir. >> thank you, greta. greta: i love the l.b.j. room. >> it's one of the rooms the democrats used to meet in and with fewer numbers the republicans meet in here. greta: tomorrow is the big day. >> at 8:00 tomorrow night we will proceed to vote on the cloture petition to take up the health care bill. the reid health care bill. that means that if 60 senators
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vote to take the bill up, then we can begin debate and the amendment process after thanksgiving. greta: but for all intents and purposes, this is the vote. because this is the 60 person vote that the democrats have to get. if they don't get 60 it stops here. and if they get 60 tomorrow, then they only need 50 when the vote -- when the bill gets put before them. >> and as importantly, any senator that votes for this bill has to know that there's a 97% chance that this bill ends up passing. and for those senators on the other side who said i don't like this part or that part of it, unless they got 60 votes to change it, their vote to proceed to this bill is tantamount to a vote for the bill. because they're not going to change it. greta: let's talk about how the sausage is made here. it is -- it's apparent or at least it appears that the two key votes right now are senator landrieu and senator blanche lincoln for sfrer senator reid -- for senator reid. those are two votes he hasn't
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secured. what i have understood or what i've heard, what i've read, is that senator landrieu has just secured $100 million for her district. it certainly appears and this is done all the time, that this is an incentive by senator reid to get her vote. >> one of the ways that the leader will get recalcitrant senators, and it's done in the house of representatives by the speaker as well, to support their position, is to favor them with something a little extra to sweeten the pot. it's not really fair for one senator to get something that none of the other senators get. but in this bill, there is a provision that if you are from a state that seven years ago was declared a disaster area, that you don't have to take the same kind of medicaid hit that all of the other states do. in other words, your state isn't going to have to come up with all the dough that all the other states are. states that are already broke to pay for more medicaid patients. now, what state would that be?
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it happens to be louisiana. because seven years ago, with a hurricane, they were declared a disaster area. so instead of just saying for senator so-and-so's state, we're going to give her some extra money, it has to be a general provision. and, therefore, it describes the circumstance under which her state is favored. greta: all right. it looks to me if you go through the nuances that you just explained in the bill that it's purchased. that it's $100 million is put on the table for her constituents. and her vote is so important. and, you know, and frankly, it's a tough position to be in. because this is $100 million to a district that really needs it. right? it's a tough spot for her. >> each one of us could make the argument that there are special circumstances for our state that should enable us to some additional benefit. i mean, seven years ago, if you had a disaster declared in your state, that's -- that's an important thing. my state of arizona is hurting badly. we have a very high unemployment rate because home
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construction and tourism are two of our big things. and of course both are really in the tank right now. each state could make some kind of a case why it should get something extra. but for those senators who hold out until the last, sometimes they can extract a little extra in order to get their vote. now, i'm not contending that anybody and -- in particular did that. but i would like to do is make the point that while nationwide , this health care plan is opposed approximately 60-40 by most public opinion surveys. and a lot of the key states where there are key democrats, more moderate democrats, it is opposed by at least 2-1 and in some cases more than 2-1. so the real question is, are these senators respecting the wishes of their constituents who strongly hoe pose it? -- strongly oppose it? or are they bowing to the dictates of their leader, harry reid? greta: if senator landrieu has this $100 million and i understand it's the needs of her constituents and the needs of your constituents, you're in
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the minority party so you don't have the leverage and you aren't the holdout. what in the world could entice senator blanche lincoln? because if she is the last holdout for that 60th, and she -- senator landrieu got the $100 million, if i were senator landrieu, look, i need $101 million? >> i'm not going to speculate on that. because i wouldn't want to characterize the motives of any of my colleagues. i would simply take it to a slightly higher level. all 40 republicans know this is a bad bill. we are respect being the wishes of our constituents. -- respecting the wishes of our constituents. we are saying we don't want to start debate and start over. the question is whether senator reid has all these democrats. he needs them all. but if he gets all of his democrats, then we start work on the bill. and i just ask my colleagues from more moderate states whose constituents have already told them better than 2-1, don't do this. but they respect the wishes of their constituents, not simply the dictates of their leader. greta: imagine the difficulties someone who -- from someone who
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comes from a state that's opposed to this bill and might be up for re-election soon. and votes for it. knowing that this could be the death knell for their political career. that is a possibility. >> it is. and what obviously will be argued if you remember john kerry and his famous debate when he said, well, i voted before it before i voted against it. that's what these people will be doing. if they say, well, at the end, i'll still vote against it. well, they'll have to explain why they voted for it enabling the process to move forward before they voted against it. when it is probably going to be easier for it to end up passing. greta: and of course tomorrow is the big vote is tomorrow. and i actually think it's a tough decision for a lot of these who are holdout senators. because they really do want to help their constituents so much. and tough question for them. and when the pot is sweetened a little bit. >> sure. i always thought that you owe your constituents, your constituents, your best judgment. you do what you think is right. but also when it's overwhelmingly clear what they
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think, you should give that a great deal of consideration. greta: any chance the republican party will peel off a democrat tomorrow night and going to be 59? >> well, you've just spoken of -- again, i wouldn't mention names but some democrats whose constituents don't like this bill. and so there's always a possibility that they decide to follow their constituents rather than their leader. greta: up next, breaking news about reverend jeremiah wright. president obama's former pastor is back making headlines just a few miles from us. griff jenkins is on the scene. and we found two new ways to get arrested. making a big mistake on nays book and being a -- on facebook and being a really, really bad tipper. ugcl)
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>> in the past the -- the path that the naacp has had to travel, not an easy path for my parents to travel and we have to remember that path. it has not been a trouble-free path or a path upon which there was always unanimity. even among the membership of the naacp. it has been a contentious path. and a contentious path. it has been a contested path and it has been a path like "mother to son" a difficult path with places more rough than smooth and the wilderness of prejudice, the wilderness of ignorance and the wilderness of arrogance, a path bloodied by violence and muddied by misunderstanding. and the words of james weldon johnson's poem capture both the path we have traveled, the pinnacle we have climbed, and the promise that we cling to. the year 1919, the year that the naacp adopted james weldon
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and that poem in song as the negro national anthem, that was the same year of the red summer. a term coined by james weldon johnson to describe the bloody race riots that took place in the summer of 1919. and the fall of 1919. in the city of chicago. we have come treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered. we gather to remember. two years later in 19219 race riot or to be -- in 1921, the race riot tore to be more compat -- they not only muddied the path, they seemed to blot out the possibility of a new day begun. those race riots are murderous memorials of the days when home unborn had died. >> griff jenkins is on the scene. what's going on there? we have reverend wright is talking. but has he been well received there? >> he was well received, greta. i'll tell you, it's a different
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reverend wright we've seen. the line of the night was he said "don't call me the controversial pastor. call me the quoting pastor." you heard in reference, james weldon johnson, he quoted from langston hughes. it was a speech, greta, that did the 100 years,, this 1900th anniversary of the naacp and gave a he -- and gave a speech he called the crossroads of recognition, remembrance, and resolve. it talked about the tough road and the accomplishments, the great accomplishments of the naacp and talked about resolve going forward. his only political line of the night, probably, was that what has happened in terms of equality in the white house, referring to president obama, being the first african-american president, hasn't still fully happened in the workplace. and that the naacp has to be vigilant in resolving that. there were no attacks. there was no reference to what he has previously talked about as being a -- being attacked in the media by our network and other networks. a very uplifting thing. he spoke for 32 minutes.
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interestingly, greta, i did get to speak with, in glenburnie maryland, an arundal county, the president of the naacp, jacqueline aslip, i asked how she chose reverend wright and what the reaction was. take a listen. >> there were several folks who were not excited about his coming. and who made it known that they wished that he would not come. but there were more people who wanted to hear him. and also were very excited that he is coming. and now that he is here, you know, the people are here. and they're out to see him as well as to hear what he has to say. reverend wright is controversial. and there may be some -- in the past, some of the sound bites that they did put out there with reverend wright were sound bites that i did not agree with. >> so president also may be a little bit surprised as well. about 500 people.
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nothing controversial. and reverend wright, greta, ended this speech with talking about resolving the differences we have today with each other, without demonizing each other. so all around, a positive and uplifting speech. greta: it's interesting, griff, to watch him. he seems so tamed from -- from what we've seen before. a lot of media coverage of this? are you the only one there? i'm curious, how -- how he received the media. >> he was very well receiving of the media. there were about five cameras. i believe most were local area affiliates. i believe we're the only national network here. there was a private reception with v.i.p.'s that we were allowed to go into. and you may have seen some of the footage. and that's where i spoke with president jackie al sip. and i spoke to reverend wright and wanted to offer him an opportunity perhaps to offer
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his thoughts about what happened in the past. and he smiled and said thanks. but decided not to do so. so a very -- interesting to see what happens going forward, yeah. gretia? -- greta? greta: thanks, griff. next, we have advice for president obama tonight. quit being rude. call congressman row. and rush limbaugh, you have to hear what rush is saying now. is rush going too far this time? or is he hitting the nail on the head? we report, you decide.  i drove my first car from my parent's home
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greta: much more ahead but first let's go to our new york news. uma pemmaraju. >> the army psychiatrist accused in the fort hood massacre will have his first court hearing tomorrow. the attorney for nidal hasan say the hearing will be held in his hospital room. he was shot and wounded by police and is paralyzed. major hasan charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder. 30 others were wounded. a judge expecting to decide if hasan will remain in custody until his trial. the u.k. hit by its worst flooding since record keeping began more than 275 years ago. over a foot of rain reported in just 24 hours. and forecasters are predicting more rain. and gale force winds over the weekend. waters reaching the eight-foot mark in an area of northern england about 330 miles northwest of london. the floods killing a police officer and trapping dozens of people in their swamped homes.
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i'm uma pemmaraju. now back to more of "on the record." stay with us, everybody. greta:ness a story -- this is a story we followed for months. republican congressman and dr. phil row is trying again and again to meet with the president. why? because of something the president said months ago. congressman, nice to see you, sir. i always like talking about health care with you because you're also a dreier. congressman-doctor or doctor congressman? which is it? >> both. greta: i assume because you're a doctor, you like everybody else is -- has an enormous amount of interest in the health care bill. >> tremendous interest. and we spent the last 10 months obviously debating it, reading it, and as you know it's sitting here on my desk and it gets bigger every time we see it. but it is incredibly important out in the district to where i live. people are very worried. and i'll tell you who are most concerned are seniors. they get it. and what they're concerned with is 500 -- $590 billion coming
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out of medicare and beginning in 2011, we add three million to 3.5 million baby boomers every year. greta: because of your interest and everybody else, we visited you once before to talk about a statement that president obama made late july of this year. and first of all, what did the president say that got you sort of rolling? >> well, ankle deep in this process and he was in raleigh, north carolina. he said he would go over this line by line with any congressman who wanted to go over it line by line. greta: meaning the bill. >> this bill. and i said i want to do that because i had 30 plus years experience in practicing medicine and quite frankly, the reason i wanted to go was because i was in a state that had tried a public option, tennessee. and we're still dealing with it 16 years later. and it's been -- i was just looking yesterday. the governor is going to have to cut 9% of the plan this year again because of the economic downturn. greta: all right. so the day after -- on july 30, you sent a letter by snail mail
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and by fox. i have a time line here. to the white house. what did your letter say to the white house? >> it said we would like to accept your offer to come to the white house and in a nonpartisan way, because i really -- truly believe health care should not be a partisan issue. greta: on july 30 the white house press secretary gibbs was asked a question by washington times reporter. about whether or not there would be any meeting between you and the president. and he said -- quoted as saying if you give me that letter i'll forward it to scheduling so we can get that done. ok. and in the month of august, did you ever hear back from the white house? >> no, we didn't. we did a lot of town halls. 40 of them but didn't hear anything back. greta: on the time line that i have, at the end of august that someone from your office called the president's scheduler. about your request. what happened? >> not anything. we still didn't hear anything back. greta: and it says here, the notes that you were told to email another request. >> and we did. greta: september 1, you sent a second followup letter via email. snail mail.
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fax. and any response? >> no response. greta: none at all? >> none at all. greta: nothing? >> not a peep. greta: how about like we got it? >> no. greta: did the fax machine -- it went through the fax machine. >> it did get there. greta: and also says in the time line, i've asked your office to prepare this, the first week in september, that called the white house scheduler again, and you were told to email another request. >> and we did. greta: ok. september 17, it says here, a third followup letter. >> and we did. greta: by fax -- and email mail. >> maybe a carrier pigeon would work better but we didn't get any response. greta: have you gotten any response at all from the white house? that even sent the letter? >> we didn't hear anything. no response whatsoever. the frustrating part is that we do have -- i do have something to offer. and we've seen things that work. and i've had 30 years to look at health care. and you would think that someone would take the opportunity to sit down for half an hour and an hour and say look, whether you accept it or not, at least you've heard a
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different version of what's going on. this bill right here, this over 2,000-page bill had very little input for medical professionals. greta: do you think that the president's statement at the end of july, that he would go over it line by line, was that a gimmick? you -- now you're doing likewise a gimmick back at him? >> it -- i took him at his word. and then on the house floor, the president said my door's open for anyone with any ideas. that's when we recontacted the office after his joint -- after the joint session in september. still didn't hear anything. greta: what is it? is this a game, a lie, he's really busy, or he thinks you're trying to pull his chain or what's going on here? >> i don't know. but i know the president's a busy person. i'm busy, he's busy. we all are. but he had time to go to bristol, virginia, to a kroger store for a photo op. and this is so important. this affects every american citizen. it's one of the reasons i worked so hard to get up here was to work on health care. and i think it was just blatant
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politics. greta: i can't understand why you don't at least get a response that says hey, we got your tough letter. we are not going to do this but we got your letter. >> it would be fair. if you brush me who have and say we don't have time and i'm in china and i can accept that. but his office should have made some attempt to respond to us, i think. greta: will you make another stab at it? >> i think we could. i think that now the senate bill's out there. i see some things in the senate bill that i think will work and there are some things in here, greta, that are good. this is not all bad. and i like to point those out. we're in the situation where we're raising taxes $760 billion. taking $500 billion out of medicare. and trying to make -- to balance this thing without spending any money. and it's not going to work. it's going to break the bank. it did in the state of tennessee. when medicare first came out. greta: five words to the president. he may be watching tonight. he leaks fox, i think -- likes fox, i think. >> he loves fox.
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greta: five words to the president. >> invite me to the white house. greta: up next, choose your friends wisely on facebook. you could get arrested. we're going to explain. then it's almost time. you're about to hear rush limbaugh going farther than we ever knew he would go. rush is coming up in minutes. ñ?
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greta: here's the best of the rest. if you decide not to leave a tip at a restaurant, watch out. you could end up in handcuffs. a couple in bethlehem, pennsylvania, has been arrested for refusing to leave a tip on a bill. the couple's in college. they were with a group of friends at lehigh pub and the bill had a mandatory 18% tip included. the couple says the service was terrible. so they decided to pay for food, drinks and tax but not leave a tip. big mistake. pub staff called the police and the police arrested them. now what do you think about that? a court day is scheduled for them next month. ok. maybe our love of technology -- greta: ok. maybe our love of technology has gone too far. a new way to send your wish list to santa claus. text message. no charge. you can text santa to 1224. once they do st. nick himself will respond.
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asking what the texter wants for christmas. if that's not good enough for you, at&t has still another idea. subscribers can track santa's sleigh as it goes around the globe on christmas eve. what next, milk and cookies that are holograms? maybe. they call it yarn bombing. and it's certainly a softer side of vandalism. an underground group of street artists on the loose and they have an odd way of expressing themselves. decorating the city with yarn. check it out. they've been known to put leg warmers on statues and cozies on trees. police say they have not had any complaints. yet. finally, be careful who you friend on facebook. could you end up getting arrested. that is, if you're doing something illegal. a 19-year-old student at the university of wisconsin lacrosse just got nabbed for under age drinking. and his facebook postings are to blame. police recently called the student down to the station where they had a pile of facebook photos that showed the
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student hitting the booze. he got charged. pleaded no contest. and will pay a $227 fine. the student tells the local paper he thinks police gained access to his page when he accepted a friend request from "a random good-looking girl." bad choice. and there you have it. the best of the rest. still ahead, your last call and one more quick round before we turn on the lights and rush limbaugh, like you have never, ever seen him before. he's never gone this far. until now. rush in his own words next.
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greta: it's time. last call. rush limbaugh is not on the fence when it comes to the health care debate. >> we have political martyrs in waiting. democrats are the equivalent of political suicide bombers. they have strapped political bombs to themselves. they are hell bent on taking out as many americans as they can with them. this is how this must be looked at. there is nothing remotely good about any of this. there's nothing compassionate about any of this. just before they detonate their political bombs, which is what
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their votes against the wishes of the people they serve are, they may as well shout "death to freedom. death to freedom." as they cast their vote. greta: that is your last call. lights are blinking. we're closing down shop. finally, we need you to go on the record. we have a special poll question on gretawire for you to answer right now. the a.p. assigned 11 fact checkers to governor palin's book. not to the books of president obama, mayor giuliani or speaker gingrich or president clinton. so the question, why the different treatment? go to gretawire.com right now and answer the poll question on the right-hand side of gretawire.com. and while you're there check out the green oval where you can see behind the scene videos like no other videos. i guarantee t plus right after the show we're headed to the blue oval. that's also on gretawire. that's where the form is and that's where we all talk about what happened on tonight's show and so much more. you might want to talk about the new guidelines for mammograms, things like that. and we thank you forng

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